Idaho August 08, 2017
Most People Don’t Know One Of The Tallest Waterfalls In The Country Is Right Here In Idaho
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Idaho has people come from all over the country to revel in its wonder. Shoshone Falls draws constant comparison to the more well-known Niagara Falls, and it’s even called the “Niagara of the West.” However, many would argue that Shoshone Falls are the more impressive of the two. They are even 45 feet higher than their eastern counterpart!
These falls are one of the most thrilling sights in all of Idaho. A visit to this massive force of nature isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a requirement.
Located outside of Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls is a sight that is an absolute must-see.
The epic, roaring flow of water is the result of the narrowing of the Snake River to just 400 feet wide before the water makes the plunge over the 212 foot tall and 925 foot wide cliff.
The appearance of the falls is dependent on the amount of water flowing over the cliff, which varies throughout the year. However, these falls are absolutely magnificent all year long and must be seen in person.
The majority of water received by Shoshone Falls comes directly from snow melt in Idaho's Rocky Mountains, along with springs located in the Snake River Canyon. Various reservoirs located along the river divert a lot of the water for irrigation, therefore the flow of water really depends on a combination of the winter snow melt level for the year and the river's springs.
This astonishing view of the falls will leave you mesmerized by the utter beauty.
The absolutely best time to view the waterfall is springtime, since that is when the amount of water flowing through is at its highest point. However, you really can't go wrong with whatever time you choose to visit! The Shoshone Falls Dam is located upstream and is run by Idaho Power, who is required to maintain a "scenic flow" through Labor Day.
The story of Shoshone Fall's creation is truly a unique one.
Unlike many other waterfalls in Idaho, Shoshone Falls was created suddenly and violently as a result from the Bonneville flood which occurred 15,000 to 17,500 years ago. The same flood was responsible for forming the Snake River Canyon in just a matter of weeks!
Lake Bonneville covered a large portion of the Great Basin, and the Bonneville flood was a result of the lake overflowing into the Snake River and therefore pushing out humongous amounts of water...approximately 1,500 times the normal annual flow for that area!
The falls have been attracting visitors since all the way back to the Oregon Trail days!
Oregon Trail settlers would even make a slight detour off of their route westward to see these stunning falls.
Shoshone Falls even attracted the attention of the famous daredevil, Evel Knievel.
Knievel attempted a jump over the falls via motorcycle in 1974. The event attracted nearly 30,000 people. However, the jump was a total failure due to Knievel's parachute opening too early. If it weren't for the winds that blew Knievel to the river bank, it's very likely he could have drowned in the river. During your visit to the falls, you can see the monument erected in the honor of his memory and his attempt to jump across the canyon.
You simply can't pass up a chance at seeing one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the whole country.
The view certainly isn't bad for only a $3 entry fee. This jaw-dropping scene is something you'll remember for the rest of your life!
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